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Career Cafe


In a relaxed atmosphere, with a cup of coffee or tea, young specialists will be given the opportunity to meet internationally renowned experts in the field.

This content refers to the previous congress. It is only here for reference purposes.

What is the EuroPrevent Career Cafe?

A platform, during the EuroPrevent congress, where the younger generation is given the opportunity to meet experts in their field in face to face intimate interviews. In the format of a “speed dating” we will organise meetings between mentors and applicants, who will be required to register online.

Applicants are invited to choose the mentors / Key Opinion Leaders they prefer to talk to according to their specialty but also according to what they are looking to achieve in their career. The selected applicants will be given three interviews of 15 minutes each.

Two Career Cafes will be held during the afternoon coffee breaks; Thursday 19 April and Friday 20 April from 15:30-16:20.

The Mentors attending the cafe on Thursday are: Prof Dendale, Prof Guazzi, Prof Halle, Prof Pelliccia, Prof Piepoli and Prof Verschuren.

The Mentors attending the cafe on Friday are: Prof Abreu, Prof Grobbee, Prof Hoes, Prof Leeson and Prof Schmid.

This link will take you to your MyESC account; in the My Applications block click on New Application, then Mentoring and finally EuroPrevent Career Cafe Apply Now.

Read the testimonial from one of last year's attendees.

Meet the 2018 Mentors

Prof. Ana Abreu (Lisbon, PT)


Ana Abreu is Cardiologist Coordinator of the CR Program and of the Exercise Testing Laboratory of Cardiology Department, Hospital Santa Marta.

Areas of main interest: Exercise in Heart failure and CRT, High intensity exercise training, Autonomic nervous system imaging and Left ventricular function. Other areas of interest are noninvasive Imaging in Cardiology, echocardiography in Hospital Santa Marta and nuclear cardiology in the Nuclear Medicine Department, NuclearMed, Hospital Particular de Almada.

She is Chair-Elect-of the EACPR Cardiac Rehabilitation Section, Member of the EACPR Prevention Implementation Committee and Deputy Member of the European Cardiology Congress Programme Committee. She is the Coordinator of the WG of Exercise Physiopathology and Cardiac Rehabilitation of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology. She is also author and co-editor of the contents of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Manual of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology and of the joint Cardiac Rehabilitation book of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology and Brazilian Society of Cardiology.

Her main research area is on cardiac rehabilitation, especially in heart failure and CRT patients.

She has published 58 articles in Pubmed.

She is involved in the clinical trials EXTRA-HF survey and BETTER-HF (unpublished). She is also a member of the Steering Committee of Contract for Life and Euroaspire V.

Prof. Paul Dendale (Hasselt, BE)

dendale-2012.jpgSpecial licence in Sports Medicine at the University of Brussels (VUB) 1987-1988

Full time interim assistant in sports medicine at the University of Brussels (VUB) from januari 1988 till june 1988

Specialisation in Cardiology at the University Hospital of the University of Brussels (VUB) from august 1988 till august 1993, cardiologist since 5/8/93

Specialisation in Cardiac Rehabilitation at the University Hospital of the VUB completed 31/9/97

Appointed Resident Cardiologist at the University Hospital of the University of Brussels from 1993 till 1997

Appointed Consultant Cardiologist (part time) at the University Hospital of the VUB from 1/10/97 until 1/9/1999

Appointed Consultant Cardiologist (part time) at the University Hospital of the University of Antwerp (UZA) from 1/9/99 until 1/9/2002

Appointed as Cardiologist at the Virga Jesse Hospital in Hasselt from 1/10/97
Head of the Department of Cardiology Jessa Hospital from 1/1/2011
Professor of Cardiovascular pathophysiology and professor of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation at the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, Hasselt University from 2008

Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and the Belgian Society of Cardiology
President of the commission for accreditation of rehabilitation specialists

President elect of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation of the ESC (2016-2018), now the European Association for Preventive Cardiology (EAPC)

Secretary of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation of the ESC (2012 – 2016)

Past President and past secretary of the Belgian Working Group on Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation of the Belgian Society of Cardiology

Past board member of the Belgian Society of Cardiology
Member of the Nucleus of the Section on Cardiac Rehabilitation of the EACPR (2006-2012)

Web master of the EACPR from 2012-2016

Prof. Diederick Grobbee (Utrecht, NL)

grobbee_diederick e-2015.jpgProfessor of Clinical Epidemiology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Chief Scientific Officer, Julius Clinical, Utrecht and Zeist, the Netherlands.

Rick Grobbee, is founder of the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care at the University Medical Center Utrecht (1996) and of Julius Clinical (2008), a full service Academic Clinical Research Organization. He has been a (principal) investigator in many large-scale epidemiologic studies and randomized intervention trials relating to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular, cardiometabolic, and cardiorenal disease. In addition he works on the principles and methods of treatment research, trial design and data analysis. He is listed in the top 100 global most influential biomedical researchers (Eur J Clin Invest 2013 Dec;43(12):1339-65). Rick Grobbee has been on the editorial boards of several journals and (inter) national scientific, search, and site-visit committees. Current journal roles include senior consulting editor of the European Heart Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. He is president of the European Association for Preventive Cardiology. In 2010 he was appointed distinguished University Professor of International Health Sciences and Global Health at Utrecht University. Rick Grobbee is fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. To date, Prof. Grobbee has authored or co-authored over 1,200 scientific papers, chapters, and books, and has supervised more than 130 PhD fellows. His Hirsch index is 130.

Prof. Marco Guazzi (Milan, IT)

guazzi_marco-2015.jpgMarco Guazzi is a Professor of Cardiology at the University of Milano and Head of the University Department of Cardiology at IRCCS San Donato University Hospital, Milan. His research primarily focuses on the pathophysiological and prognostic insights of heart failure syndrome and Group 2 Pulmonary Hypertension. He has established several clinical research programmes involving HF functional evaluation, therapy and pulmonary vascular disease. Between 2005 and 2007 he served as Chair of the Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Working Group of the Italian Society of Cardiology. Currently, he is appointed to the Board of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology. He is Chair of the 2016 released ESC/AHA Guidelines on Cardiopulmonary exercise Testing and reviewer of ESC Guidelines on Heart Failure 2016. Prof. Guazzi serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cardiac Failure, and is Associate Editor of the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. He is the author or co-author of over 500 manuscripts.

Prof. Martin Halle (Munich, DE)

halle-martin.jpgUniversity Professor Dr. Martin Halle is the Medical Director of the Centre for Preventive and Sports Medicine. He specialises in internal medicine, cardiology and sports medicine and preventive cardiovascular medicine.

His scientific interest lies in prevention of and recovery from cardiovascular diseases and cancer, with lifestyle changes, especially physical exercise. Internationally, Professor Halle is one of the leading scientists in his field of research. He is an expert in the field of “sports cardiology”.
Professor Halle is the Chair of the Department for Prevention, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Klinikum Rechts der Isar university medical clinic / Technical University of Munich, as well as at the Department of Sport and Health Sciences at the Technical University of Munich.

Special expertise

  • Cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation using lifestyle changes, especially physical exercise:
  • Board Member of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology
  • Former president of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Prävention und Rehabilitation von Herzkreislauferkrankungen e.V. [German society for prevention and rehabilitation of cardiovascular diseases] (DGPR),
  • Co-founder of the sports cardiology working group of the German Cardiac Society
  • Long-standing board member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fettstoffwechselstörungen und ihre Folgeerkrankungen DGFF e.V. [German society for metabolic disorders and secondary conditions]
  • Coordinator of the world’s largest studies on physical training with cardiac insufficiency
  • Co-author of European and American cardiological and sports medicine guidelines that set internationally applicable standards for diagnosis and treatment

Prof. Arno Hoes (Utrecht, NL)

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Arno W. Hoes obtained his PhD degree at Erasmus University Rotterdam on a thesis about sudden cardiac death as a side effect of diuretics in hypertension. He was trained in Clinical Epidemiology at Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In 1998 he was appointed professor of Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care of the University Medical Center in Utrecht. Since 2010, he is the Chair of the Julius Center.

His research topics include the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the early diagnosis, of cardiovascular disease. He co-chaired the current Cardiovascular prevention guidelines and is involved in many other ESC activities, including Board memberships of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology and the Heart Failure Association. He has (co-)authored over 500 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 50 PhD students completed their PhD thesis under his supervision.

Prof. Paul Leeson (Oxford, UK)

leeson-p.jpgPaul Leeson is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford and Clinical Director of the Oxford Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility. He is also a Consultant Cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, where he provides expertise in cardiovascular imaging and hypertension. He heads the Preventive Cardiology Research Group in Oxford, which uses imaging in clinical studies to find better ways to identify and prevent early cardiovascular disease. In addition, he is a member of the UK Biobank Imaging Advisory Board, a National Lead for the UK NIHR Research Network, a member of the Research Group of the British and Irish Hypertension Society and Chair of the EBTR section of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology.


Prof. Antonio Pelliccia (Rome, IT)


Chief of Cardiology of the Institute of Sports Medicine of the Italian National Olympic Committee.

Area of Expertise

Assessment of left ventricular hypertrophy and cardiac remodelling induced by exercise conditioning and deconditioning. Criteria of differential diagnosis of athlete’s heart from structural cardiac disease.
Implementation and methods of preparticipation screening for cardiovascular disease at risk of sudden death in athletic populations. Clinical management of athletes with cardiovascular diseases.

Academic Appointments

Professor of Patho-physiology in Sports Medicine, at Post-Graduate School in Sports
Medicine La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
Adjunct Professor at the Tuft University, Cardiology Department, Boston, MA


Author of over 200 papers published on peer-reviewed journals (including New
England Journal of Medicine, Journal American Medical Association, Circulation,
Journal American College of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology, European
Heart Journal, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, International Journal of
Sport Medicine).


Reviewer for the journals: The Journal of American Medical Association, Circulation,
The Journal of American College of Cardiology, the American Journal of Cardiology,
European Heart Journal, European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and
Rehabilitation, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise; International Journal of
Sport Medicine..

Prof. Massimo Piepoli (Piacenza, IT)

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Professor Piepoli obtained his Diploma in Medicine in Universita di Pavia in 1987 where he specialized in Cardiology in 1991. In 1996 he obtained his Degree Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Medicine, (Cardiology), Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London, UK. In 2005 he did a Master in Stress Echocardiography in the National Research Centre, Pisa, Italy.

He currently heads the Heart Failure and Cardiomiopathy Unit of the Guglielmo da Saliceto Polichirurgico Hospital in Piacenza. He is Teaching Professor in School of Cardiology of the University of Parma and at the Fondazione Monasterio, Pisa. He is Chair of the 6th Joint Task Force responsible for the 2016 ESC Guidelines on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice.

He is member of the Committee Practice Guideline of the ESC. He is Board member of the HFA of the ESC as Chairman of the Clinical Section and of the Exercise Physiology and Training Committee.

From 2012-2016 he hold the position of Chair of the Science Committee of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Professor Piepoli is Editor-in-Chief European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. He is also member of the Editorial Board for European Journal of Heart Failure, Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine and Monaldi Archives.

Professor Piepoli's research interests are in autonomic nervous system, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention, Exercise Physiology and Heart Failure.

He has published 131 original peer reviewed articles, 13 ESC Guidelines, 12 position papers and 95 Reviews and Book Chapters.

Prof. Jean-Paul Schmid (Barmelweid, CH)


Jean-Paul Schmid is the current Congress Programme Committee Chair for the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC)

Since 1 January 2017 he has been working as the Head of Cardiology at the Barmelweid Clinic in Switzerland. Previous to that he was Head of non-invasive Cardiology at the Tiefenau Hospital.
From 2000 to 2013 he was Senior Physician at the Cardiology Clinic and Hospital of the Inselspital and Deputy Head of Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Since 2006, Jean-Paul Schmid has been a board member of the Swiss Working Group on Cardiac Rehabilitation (SAKR) and has chaired the organization for two years.
He is involved in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation in various national and international organizations and works as a reviewer for scientific journals.
In addition, he teaches and researches intensively in the areas of rehabilitation, prevention and exercise therapy.

Prof. Monique Verschuren (Bilthoven, NL)

verschuren_monique-2015.jpgMonique Verschuren studied Human Nutrition at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, specializing in epidemiology and public health. She works at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, the Netherlands, as head of the Department of Chronic Diseases  Determinants. She has been involved in longitudinal population based cohort studies since 1987, and is principal investigator of the Doetinchem Cohort Study and the MORGEN-EPIC Study (the RIVM contribution to the European EPIC Study on Nutrition and Cancer). The main focus of her research is on lifestyle (including nutrition) and metabolic risk factors in relation to primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases, postponing cognitive decline and promoting healthy ageing in general. She has over 200 international peer reviewed publications (h-index=40). She also holds a Chair in ‘Healthy Vascular Ageing’ at the University Medical Centre Utrecht, where she contributes to supervising PhD students and to courses in epidemiology and public health. She currently is the Chair of the EAPC section on ‘Prevention, Epidemiology and Population Science’.